Jamala: A national hero and an honored artist of Ukraine

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A ray of light went down on Ukraine following Jamala’s win in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Having a heroic welcome at the airport, receiving the Honored Artist of Ukraine Medal and having presidents reacting to the win is just a small part of what the 32 years old artist has been through in the last 48 hours.

“An amazing performance!” twitted the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, which turned later to greetings for Jamala’s victory. “The victory was fantastic. You’ve made many people happy” said Poroshenko while handing Jamala the award during a meeting in the presidential residence earlier today.

Ukraine’s foreign ministry was introduced to nominate Jamala to be an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, whose mission is to help UNICEF improve the life of children worldwide.

The winning Ukrainian singer has got the attention of more presidents and politicants. The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has phoned Jamala in order to congratulate her and wish her good luck in her further career. This act rose rumours about a possible return of Turkey to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.

On the other side, a pro-Kremlin politician in Russia has suggested that the country might boycott next year’s contest that should take place in one of Ukraine’s cities, blaming the organisation in a fixed result, following Sergey Lazarev’s win in the televote but finishing in the third overall place after getting the fifth place in the jury vote.

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